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Places to Visit in New York


New York City’s five boroughs are home to some of the world’s most familiar, cherished landmarks and attractions. Commencing Times Square and Central Park to the Empire State Building and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the island of Manhattan collect more legendary icons into one compact area than any other place on Earth. And that’s to say nothing of the City’s four other boroughs: The Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, each of which contains its own roster of must-see destinations.

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Packed with so many attractions and activities, a trip to NYC may seem a little overwhelming. We rounded up places to visit in New York that belong on any tourist’s to-see list. Since the City’s full breadth of activities is virtually limitless, be sure to visit the complete list of tours and attractions for more ideas.

NYC Skyline

New York City’s skyline is truly breathtaking. The iconic skyscrapers, waterways, bridges, islands and monuments create an awe-inspiring panorama that is instantly recognizable globally. While you can feel the immensity of these surroundings from every place in the City, the grandeur of the cityscape is best viewed from directly above. For a spectacular vista that includes the Empire State Building, head up to the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (home of NBC studios) to Top of the Rock. Both the Top of the Rock and Empire State Building are open until late at night, so don’t miss the chance to see the City’s lights shimmer after dark.

NYC Sckyline

Times Square

Not sure where to look while walking through the world-famous Times Square? Don’t worry you will not be lost. With massive digital billboards whose bright lights make midnight look like mid-afternoon; star-studded Broadway and Off-Broadway shows; people on the street peddling art and jewelry; and, the Naked Cowboy who plays guitar in his tighty-whities, the wide stretch of Midtown is a feast for all five senses. Tourists can shop in flagship locations of such stores as Toys “R” Us with an indoor Ferris wheel, watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve or grab a pre- or post-theater meal along Restaurant Row, it is where many eateries offer prix-fixe deals, and take pictures with wax celebrities at Madame Tussauds.

Times Square NYC

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty should not miss your list of places to visit in New York, a gleaming inspiration for generations of immigrants seeking a greener pasture in America, is perhaps the most recognizable historic landmark in New York City. Though you can see Lady Liberty from land, the short ferry ride will bring you up close and personal to Liberty Island. Tickets that provide access to the monument’s pedestal and observation deck are limited to 3,000 visitors per day. Your Statue of Liberty pass will also allow you an additional ferry ride and admission to the nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum. See photographs in the American Family Immigration History Center. Or discover the history of American immigration from before the Ellis Island era with the Peopling of America Center.

Statue of Liberty

Yankee Stadium

“The House That Ruth Built”, is what the original Yankee Stadium is known, opened in 1923 and served as the Yankees’ home until 2008. In 2009, the new Yankee Stadium opened, and the team capped the venue’s inaugural season with their 27th World Series title. This famous icon of America’s favorite pastime is a must-see for any baseball fan. Guests can take a guided tour, which consist of stops at the clubhouse/batting cage area only during the off-season or when the team is away, the dugout and Monument Park, as well as the New York Yankees Museum. Of course, professional sports in New York City go much deeper than just the Yankees. Buy tickets to NYC sporting events to see the City’s home teams including the Yankees in person.

Yankee Stadium

Flushing Meadows – Corona Park

Though best known as the location of the US Open, Flushing Meadows at Corona is the City’s third-largest park. It was the site of two World’s Fairs; The Unisphere, a stainless-steel globe built for the 1964–1965 World’s Fair, besides the observatory towers, site of the final alien fight scene in Men in Black. Nearby, built for the New York City Pavilion at the 1939–1940 World’s Fair and home of the General Assembly of the United Nations from 1946 to 1950 is the New York City Building, houses the Queens Museum of Art. Inside is the Panorama of the City of New York. Other attractions include the hands-on New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo, Queens Theatre, Queens Botanical Garden, and the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, a sporting and cultural event held in August.

Unisphere at Corona Park

Brooklyn Bridge

The John Roebling’s engineering masterpiece was the world’s longest suspension bridge in 1883. One of the most recognizable structures in NYC, as the first land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn, signifies a critical piece of New York City history. It is best to experience a leisurely stroll across on its elevated pedestrian walkway, though the bridge is visible from the shores of both boroughs. Visitors from around the world can share a path with New Yorkers by walking across and can enjoy views of downtown Manhattan and New York Harbor. The Manhattan-side entrance is at Park Row and Centre Street. `

Brooklyn Bridge

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is more than a means of transportation, it is an attraction. For free, visitors can enjoy the 25-minute voyage by water from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and take in the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline and the amazing views of New York Harbor. The ferry runs 24 hours a day and drops off tourists at the St. George Ferry Terminal, close to the Staten Island Museum and the St. George Theatre, and just a few distance bus ride from the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.

Staten Island Ferry

National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center

The admission at the memorial portion of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center requires a reservation, free if made in person. Reservations made online or over the phone carry a nonrefundable $2 service fee. The memorial honors the approximately 3,000 people who died in the attacks on February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The museum will house exhibitions with pictures, artifacts, videos and accounts from people from around the United States and the world, of the  told history of September 11, 2001. One of the places to visit in New York where you can be a little emotional as you reminisce the event.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Nightlife Uptown and Beyond

For the true NYC experience, it’s essential to go out after dark. Be sure to drop by in Harlem, where the Apollo Theater stages its famous Amateur Night. The Apollo, over the years, has hosted performances by such stars as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, The Strokes, comedian Tracy Morgan and Ella Fitzgerald. Beyond Harlem, the City is also home to countless other concert venues. Irving Plaza, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the Highline Ballroom, and many more all hosts both rising and multi-platinum artists. Meanwhile, the Lower East Side, is one of many neighborhoods that’s full of bars running the gamut from classy joints to gritty dives to dancing dens.

Elegance club NYC

Coney Island

The ups and downs of the iconic Cyclone are a fitting metaphor for the Coney Island experience, every year seems to bring big changes to the quirky beachfront amusement district, but it is always entertaining. Classic Boardwalk institutions like Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, Ruby’s Bar and Grill, and Nathan’s Famous operate next to shiny thrill-ride tract Luna Park, whose Scream Zone twists, drops, turns, and spins patrons into a state of pure bliss. Other area attractions include MCU Park, and the New York Aquarium, which features a menagerie of aquatic life including sharks, walruses, octopi, penguins, and more. Also worth visiting on Brooklyn’s south shore is famed Russian enclave Brighton Beach.

Coney Island NYV

Central Park

Central Park is one of the world’s greatest urban sanctuaries, covering a diverse landscape of tranquil bodies of water, rolling fields, walking trails, all sculpted by human hands. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the mid 19th century and Calvert Vaux. Central Park today is the heart of the City’s public parks system. Several of its attractions are Belvedere Castle, the Friedsam Memorial Carousel and the Central Park Zoo. Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn offer sprawling expanses where visitors can relax and enjoy in the open. There’s ice-skating at Wollman Rink in the winter, provides a picturesque backdrop for that classic cold-weather pastime. While in the summer, Shakespeare in the Park is hosted by the Delacorte Theater, it is an outdoor performance of the Bard’s work. In another place, Rumsey Playfield serves as the primary home for SummerStage, a free performing-arts festival featuring theater, dance, music, and more.

Central Park NYC

NYC Museums

The Museum Mile is a good place to start, no trip to New York City is complete without experiencing some of its world-class cultural institutions. Offering a diverse cultural spectrum, the museums along the “mile” include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy Museum & School, Cooper-Hewitt, The Jewish Museum, National Design Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, Neue Galerie,  the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and El Museo Del Barrio.

Metropolitan museum

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center has established itself as a hub for New York City’s performing arts scene presenting thousands of performances each year. The sprawling Upper West Side complex is home to 11 organizations, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Metropolitan Opera.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center delivers with an extensive lineup of concerts, plays and film screenings all through the week. The landmark City space smoothly blends classic elements with modern renovations, in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The center houses two theaters, an amphitheater and a café. The David Rubenstein Atrium; a gathering space complete with an abundance of seating, a floor-to-ceiling fountain, and vertical gardens, presents free performances, on Thursday evenings.

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